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Overall rating
89.83/100
votes
142
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Meadowside Blending (MBl)
Bottling serie
The Maltman
Vintage
1995
Bottled
08.2019
Stated Age
24 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Casknumber
101
Number of bottles
534
Strength
49.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
19-6315 228
Added on
11 Oct 2019 12:46 pm by CortheFarmer
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 284.90

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Whisky Reviews for Secret Orkney Distillery 1995 MBl

25 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.83 points

  1. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    In terms of the 'undisclosed distillery', of course, it was made easy for connoisseurs with a 1995 Orkney distillate, but Scapa, the only other distillery on the Orkneys, was mothballed in 1994 for several years. Definitely a Sherry Highland Park, even in the supposedly best age, namely between 18 and 25 years.

    EYE / NOSE
    Dark golden, brownish in color. Highland Park distillates have a great distilling character per se which sometimes seems to suffer a little from careful barrel management, which has not necessarily improved in recent years. Here, however, the flavor profile in the nose immediately reminds me of the Highland Parks of the old school, such as the former Highland Park 18yo, as he was published in the 1990s or most recently 2005/6, it lacks at most a little fruit. Wow! Orange tea, spices - cloves, coriander - the latter without soapy, heather, breakfast cake, mild honey sweetness, vanilla, chestnut, lavender flowers, pipe tobacco and subliminal waxy notes, plus a very fine, almost subtle to name Orkney Smoke Carpet.

    PALATE
    Extremely creamy, just buttery mouthfeel, pleasantly warmer. Balanced, fruity-sweet aromas, as I have already perceived in the nose. A new addition is a taste of Brazil nuts and fresh Amarettini. The latter, by the way, also a note that makes me happily think back to earlier Highland Parks. You also experiment with water here, I save that for tasting for good reason. Overall, a few splashes of water but still produce a little more fruit.

    FINISH / CONCLUSION
    The sweetish, spicy finish is long and towards the end, with fine wood aromas, becoming drier. Slightly chalky. Also here: nothing bad! Overall, very clean. No miss notes, no diseases.
    This is a great malt, he is 'moreish', as they say in English so nice - just tastes like more. Or how about Bruichladdich's former Distillery Manager Duncan McGillivray when asked about his favorite pastime: 'Give me our Laddie 15yo 2nd edition - or anything from Highland Park.'

  2. Rhönräuber scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    With time and air, it gets really good in the glass.
    • Nose
      First closed. Over time, fruit cakes, blood oranges, lavender, rape flowers, vanilla, caramel, a hint of smoke, no sulfur or stinging alcohol crystallize.
    • Taste
      Extremely creamy, silky, sweet but also closed, fruit compote with orange peel, marzipan, cinnamon almonds, wild flower honey.
    • Finish
      Nectarines, smoked almonds, a touch of chocolate, sweet first and dry at the long end (not bitter).

  3. The_Independent scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A beautifully matured, very tasty Highland Park.

    On May 21 tasted again and the rating was consistently raised by 1 point. A great malt!
    • Nose
      91 91
      Sweet herbal notes, honey cake, rum and raisin chocolate, accompanied by beautiful, intense spice of the broken smoke. In the background citrus, rosemary and wax.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Sweet and somewhat tart with a strong start. Slightly oily. Spice cakes, honey, cocoa, raisins, marzipan with plum jam, dusty leather, some oak.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium length, sweet and spicy. Makes you want more, but is comparatively unspectacular.

  4. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2019] A quick review of a small sample only...

    ...which is a flawless and delicious modern sherried dram. Easy to quaff but nothing really special about it (given the small sample, maybe it improves further with bigger measures).
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is burnished and the nose offers a fine spirit-driven modern sherry profile without any off-notes (certainly no sulphur). The Highland Park trademark aromas of heather honey, oranges and caramel are clearly recognisable and in perfect balance with the sherry.The wood is rather shy which is fine in such a setting.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is dominated by herbal-driven modern sherry flavours which are flawless. The malt hides in the background and demands quite some chewing to release its flavours. After that it teams up with the sherry nicely and both create these adorable chocolate-coffee impressions I really like. Unfortunately, my sample is empty now...
    • Finish
      88 88
      The dram arrives warming with some hot moments on the palate but the coating effect is rather marginal. The finish is of medium length and adds some spices. There are no distracting moments here. I did not add water because of the small sample size.

  5. ScoutGott scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    5 newbies giving between 93-97 points. Serious?

  6. Eun1 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Fine and delicate smoke underlaid with sweet, full and ripe fruit aromas: smoked peaches, honeydew melon, sweet cream, chocolate and spicy oak combine to create a flattering and appealing fragrance experience.
    Creamy-fruity sweetness spreads in the mouth, which ends with a spicy tingling on the tongue, which is due in equal parts to the smoke and the oak, in a long, warming and slowly drier finish, in which one ends fine fruitiness reverberates.
    Nice, well matured whisky with perfect drinking strength!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Decently fruity and pleasant Highland Park. I got to say though, that I had different expectations when I read its parameters. Its comprehensive herbal undertones and fruity complexity are very characteristic for HP. Needed to have greater impact IMHO to receive a higher score from me.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Mild smoke, chalky limes, and cotton candy. Does not really smell like almost quarter of a century to be honest. I reckon this is a refill butt. This nose is quite delicate, revealing more tropical fruit – mango, unripe honeydew, and banana. Pleasant and vivid, yet not what you’d expect from its outlook.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet and juicy arrival. Squashed grape peel, smoked caramel, and tannic fudge cake. I find this equally as “un-old” as the nose indicated already. All in all rather distillate-driven, with heather herbs, yellow plums, and gooseberries.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium. Mild black tea, After Eights, and slightly drying.

  8. Totoro scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The nose is perhaps more understated than you'd like at this price point, and no marvel of complexity, but it's utterly coherent and flawless on the palate. Overall, a lovely sherried HP.

    I get that this may be "too soft" for some, but I'm surprised to see scores lower than 88.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Initially shy and withdrawn. Gradually, soft sherry and smoke begin to emerge, followed by a "red" fruitiness and the trademark heathery herbalness.
      Really takes a *lot* of time to open up.
      After a while, it becomes darker in tone and more leathery. A few drops of water reveal wild honey and a mossy, autumnal forest floor. Definitely profits from dilution.
      There's also a maritime/mineralic aspect (seawater on limestone), but even with time and water, it remains delicate, and somewhat evanescent. The aromas that you get are top-notch, but you're kept wishing they were just a bit more present and persistent. If that were the case, this would be an easy 90.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Okay, this is where it's at. Much more presence than on the nose, with sweet fruits and slightly dry refill sherry acidity at first, followed by wood spice and smoke. The high mark comes at the end, with a crescendo of well-measured oak notes which are completely interwoven with the (age-appropriately reduced and integrated) peat smoke.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Spot-on heathery HP peat smoke, sea air, soft refill sherry fruits + caramel.

      Edit: At first I described the finish as "moderately long," but I'm actually still tasting it a good 15 minutes after the last sip, so let's drop the qualifier and add another point.

  9. Mapl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. dRambo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

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